We have spoken about the Fourth Amendment several times in this blog. One of the cornerstones of American criminal procedure, the amendment provides us with a fundamental limitation on the government’s power to search our homes, bodies and property for evidence that we committed a crime.
Criminal charges can be disruptive to anyone’s life, but college students are in an especially precarious position. In many cases, a conviction could seriously hamper future career prospects, and even lead to being expelled from school.
Embezzlement remains a relatively rare charge in Ingham County, but it appears that county prosecutors are finding more of it these days. Criminal cases involving allegations of embezzlement went up more than 50 percent last year, according to the Lansing State Journal.
There has long been a tension in the U.S. between the First Amendment right to freedom of speech, and whether people have the right not to receive threats against them. On June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court said that a person’s words alone cannot be the basis of a crime, just because they seem threatening to the reader or listener.